OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
At the heart of our community projects is our monthly contribution to the Village Bank, which is owned and operated by the community exclusively.
The fund from the village bank, which ranges from $20,000 to 40,000 USD a year depending on a number of guests, is used to support community projects that aim at improving the quality of lives and the villagers' livelihood such as small business loan, agriculture projects, education (school bus) and health care (vaccination).
The management from the lodge attends the local community development meetings as an advisor and observer, not to decide how the funds are to be prioritized or dispersed. Training is provided regarding food safety and village sanitation. Lisu Lodge sponsors annual health check ups for all community members, in addition to, access to education and training opportunities.
Working with Organizations
We actively work with a variety of local governments, universities and organizations to share and bring in their knowledge to improve our services and the livelihood of the villagers.
- The Forest Restoration Research Unit, Chiang Mai University
- The Thai Ecotourism and Adventure Travel Association (TEATA)
- The Himmapaan Foundation
Small Business Opportunities
A designated area in the lodge is provided for the villagers to display and sell their handicraft products to our guests. Many of the hill tribe women earn extra income by sewing and handicraft production. There is no charge for the rent and the villagers can keep all of their sales. Now the Ton Loong Village is one of the largest local supplier and exporter of handicrafts in the region.
Over the years, Asian Oasis has participated in a number of social projects for good cause throughout Thailand.
Improved Standard of Living
Job Opportunities & Training for Local Community Residents
Distribution of Income: Outsourcing Local Activities
These include white water rafting, trekking, batik making lessons, long tail cruise in Phang Nga bay, ox cart tour, Massage, transfers to and from the boats or lodge and local guides.
In Phuket, the crew of June Bahtra and Suwan Macha come from local fishing villages around Phang Nga Bay. With their expertise in the area, we work with them to ensure that our excursions do not impact marine life, rock formations and water conditions.
Traditional Rice Barge Cruise
In Bangkok, our cruise experiences are on traditional rice barges. We work with local communities to preserve these vessels since they are diminishing from our waterways. Our teak barges, the Mekhala, are operated by people from communities living along the Chao Phraya River. We support an ethnic Mon minority community that moved from Burma to Bangkok more than a century ago. This small riverside community won awards for maintaining their traditions and practicing green activities within their village.
Social Responsibility Activities
"Kru Su Doi" Project
(In 2012)Developed the “Kru Su Doi” project with the Himmapaan Foundation to raise fund for the salary of a school teacher at Kop Kup Lahu village, Chiang Mai.
The project helps children ages between 2-7 years old to have access to education. Before the project began, the children had to trek for hours from their hill tribe village to go to school, which is located on the foothill.
Flood Relief Efforts
(In 2011)The Mekhala boats collaborated with Thai authorities for flood relief efforts in Bangkok.
The boats were also used to distribute food and basic supplies to the riverside Sala Dang community, which was inundated for 3 months.